What is it? A canalside neighbourhood that’s now very much the place to be. With a wave of a regeneration wand, this former textile district is a hit with both seasoned locals and visiting foodies.
Why go? Way back before it became a favourite hangout for food-obsessed millennials living in expansive digs with expensive dogs, Ancoats was known as Little Italy in honour of the many Italian immigrants who came to live here during the late nineteenth century. Honour that heritage with superb pizza at the original Rudy’s Neapolitan Pizza, which has proven so popular since setting up shop in 2015 that it’s spread itself thickly across the entire country. Or, if you’re more of a pasta aficionado , load up at lunchtime at Sud Pasta Kitchen.
If you’re into seasonal small plates that punch way above their size head washed down with natural wine, swan over to Erst or Flawd (technically in New Islington but it’s barely a cork’s throw away). The latter’s little platters are served up by sunny day hotspot Ancoats Marina too, so saunter over on a lazy Sunday after a scarfing down a cruffin at indie bakery Pollen.
Don’t miss: Mana, Manchester’s first Michelin-starred restaurant since 1977.